AUTHANA Taste for the mouth, Mangalore Association Saudi Arabia (MASA) yet again celebrated, the most awaited gala event, food festival “Authana 2014” on Friday, 28th November 2014 in a grand style at Aziziyah Farm House. Apart from Mangaloreans, a large number of people from other parts of India as well as guests from Srilanka, Bangla Desh, Pakistan and Labanon also gathered and witnessed a splendid display of colorful food stalls with delicious Indian delights. The erection of stalls were co-ordinated by Mr. Gopal Shetty with the support of Mr. Abdul Azeez Bellairu, Mr. Keshav Moolya and their team.
The heavy down pour of rainfall just before the inauguration time (1p.m.) did not stop the enthusiastic MASA Excom, Volunteers and members in carrying on with the festival by opting the ‘Action Plan B’. Quickly all the stalls were shifted from the courtyard to inside the Farmhouse halls. Within 30 minutes time all food stalls were ready for kick off for the memorable event.
Ravi Karkera from Advisory Committee, welcomed the gathering with greetings and invited President Mr. Dayanand Shriyan, Head of Advisory Committee Mr. Madhav Amin and all Excom members on dais. All the stall owners were introduced by Ravi Karkera & Naveen Bhandary one by one with their stall names and the delicious dishes. The volunteers, Mssrs. Nagaraj Bajal, Bharat Kumar Mukka, Naveen Salian Sasihithlu, Naveen Vijay and Vidyadhar Shetty were being invited to the dais and recognized for their dedicated services throughout the night till morning in putting up the colorful and attractive stalls. Ravi Karkera also mentioned about the absence of Architect of MASA Food Festival, Mr. Santhosh Shetty and everyone cheered with thunderous applause by hearing that despite of being away he was coordinating the installation of stalls. The inauguration took place with greetings and cutting the ribbon by the President.
In spite of heavy rain, members and guests started pouring in slowly and steadily. The venue was fully packed by the time of inauguration of the event.
Main Food Stalls:
· COASTAL BITE
· NAMMA KUDLA
· MUMABI CHAT AND FOOD COURT 1 & 2
· ROYAL DARBAR
· MBBS (MATHIAS BROS. BBQ STALL)
· GRILLSS & KABABZZ
· SHEETHAL PAN STALL
· RED CHILLY EGG STALL
· NAMMAKUDLA TOYS
· MASA RINGS CORNER
· GLITZZ APPAREL (BOUTIQUE)
· MASA MUSIC CORNER
The some of the mouthwatering dishes on sale in the stalls included:
Main dishes: Kori Rotti, Veg Combo, Varieties of Biriyanis, Grills, Kababs, Tikkas, Jenji Sukka, Pundi Marvai, Fried Rice, Pasta, Fish Masala Fry, Bangude Puli Munchi, Boothai Puli Munchi, Prawns, Chicken Drumsticks, etc. etc.
Support Dishes: Moode, Neerdosa, Idlee, Turmeric Leaves Gatti, Bhel Phuri, Paani Puri, Dahi Batata Puri, Sev Puri, Pathrodde, Egg Omlet, Boiled Eggs, Kadle Manoli and many more.
Snack Items: Biscuit Rotti, Golibaje (S. K. Pakoda), Mangalore Buns, Sweet Potato Podi, Banana Podi, Naiyappa and so on.
Other than the above, number of Sweet items like Payasa, Bundi Laddu, Soft drinks, Falooda, Juices, Tea, Coffee and many kinds of beverages were on sale.
Besides the Food Stalls, the boutique was the center of attraction for female members and guests. Children enjoyed a lot buying funny toys from Namma Kudla Toy stall.
After a while it was bright and sunny day again. Most of the stalls moved out to their well decorated original stalls for serving snacks items. By then the stage was set with an electrifying atmosphere at the courtyard where all decorated stalls were set for the crowded gathering to enjoy under the lovely weather.
The Rings Corner attracted people of all age group where they could throw rings on the prizes and gifts displayed on the table. People enjoyed a lot at the rings corner and generously contributed as the collections were allotted for a noble cause.
Loudspeakers magnified the exotic infusion of Indian mixed songs. At the Music Box Corner, ‘Pay and Sing’ again for noble cause concept attracted many professional and amateur singers.
The Panel of judges were:
Madhav Amin, Ravi Karkera, Ahmed Gulam Beary, Mrs. Nayana Sagar, Mrs. Sumitra Pradeep, Mrs. Jyothi Yogesh Poojary and Mrs. Shameema Nooman.
As the evening progressed, a game of cracking coconuts by opponents (Tarai da Katta) attracted curious spectators. Special attraction of the events were the Tulu Folk song and dance led by Nagaraj Bajal and Team and surprise entry of Mr. Shrikant Hejamadi (Karavali Association Riyadh) in and as Bapuji was a special attraction. Mr. Bhaskar, Entertainment Secretary of Karavali Association Riyadh attracted the crowd with a melodious Tulu song.
Young volunteers encouraged members and guests in buying MASA raffle tickets under the supervision of Mr. Puttaraju. Two winners claimed attractive prizes – Toshiba 32’’ LED TV & Lenova Smart Phone
Winners of the Food Festival:
BEST HYGIENIC Stall:
1st Place: Coastal Bite
2nd Place: Grillss & Kababss
3rd Place: Royal Darbar
BEST SNACKS STALL:
1st Place: Mumbai Chat And Food Court 2
2nd Place: Grillss & Kababss & Tammana
3rd Place: MBBS – Mathias Bros. BBQ Stall
BEST FOOD STALL:
1st Place: Namma Kudla
2nd Place: Tammana
3rd Place: Mumbai Chat And Food Court 1
A lively and thrilling ‘Authana 2014’ concluded with lots of exciting experience to MASA Excom and its members and a memorable evening for all those who attended.
Report: Victor Nobby Sequiera, Puttaraju and Ravi Karkera.